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Advising Center

Your Success is Our Goal
Our Advising Center staff works with you to set and achieve your academic goals. Academic advising at ACM is an interactive process that empowers you to become a responsible, educational planner as you transition into life as a college student. Advisors will help you identify information and services relevant to student success, and encourage you to make responsible choices consistent with your goals.
301-784-5198 or 301-784-5199
Location: COLLEGE CENTER (CC) 141
What you need to do?
Step 1:
  • Apply for admission
    • Submit official high school transcript or GED.
    • Take placement test – Placement test may be waived, please contact the Advising Center for more information.
    • Contact ACM  Financial Aid Office for assistance with your financial aid.

Step 2:

  • Contact the Advising Center
    • Meet with an academic advisor to review your academic plan.
    • Declare your program of study or change your program of study.
    • Understand the requirements of a program of study.
    • Continue degree and career planning with your program advisor.
    • Learn to effectively navigate your student email, Self-Service, and other ACM student support services.

Step 3:

Step 4:

  • Stay engaged
    • Check in with your academic advisor or visit the Advising Center during non-rush registration times, like mid-semester after mid-terms. 
    • Be an active, informed participant in the advising process by planning ahead and setting your path to graduation.
    • Make and be responsible for your decisions as a college student.
    • Stay connected by reading your emails daily. 
What do we do?
  • Help you understand the enrollment process
    • Inform you of institutional policies and procedures
  • Teach you how to select courses and develop a class schedule
  • Assist you with selecting or changing your program of study
  • Help guide you to complete your program requirements
  • Guide you through the process of transferring to a four-year institution
  • Review your academic progress with you in Self-Service
    • Provide you with a program evaluation

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Advising Center

All students are welcomed at the Advising Center. The Advising Center's staff is here to provide guidance on your college path and to give you the necessary tools to reach your goals. If at any time you have questions or need support, please come visit us. We're happy to help!

  • Understand the difference between AA, AS, AAS, Certifications, and LOR’s.
  • Review Math and English sequence as required for your major, using the placement scores chart.
  • Explain accurately the purpose of General Education and major course requirements.
  • Define your enrollment status (part-time/full-time) and how your status affects your length of enrollment toward degree completion
  • Review time management skills to create a realistic and balanced schedule, include time for studying, work, family, and leisure activities.
  • List correctly the pre-requisite courses required for your program of study as they appear in the college catalog.
  • Demonstrate mapping out a two semester plan of classes in Self-Service.
  • Identify resources available for undecided students or those exploring an area of study using Career Coach.
  • The differences between a professional academic advisor and a faculty advisor are;
    • Professional academic advisors are not assigned to specific students. They are available to meet with you (regardless of your major) when you are ready to begin your educational journey at ACM.  They provide additional assistance in reviewing degree requirements and assisting students with academic planning. Academic advisors do not replace your faculty advisor; they work closely with faculty to enhance the advising process.
    • Faculty advisors are experts in their academic discipline, having taught and conducted research in their field of study. Faculty advisors are knowledgeable about specific courses in their divisions, and in the educational and career opportunities in their area of concentration.

We're here to help
Frequently Asked Questions
  • Do I need an appointment?
    No, the Advising Center is open M-F 8:30am to 4:30pm during the academic year and 8:00am to 4:00pm in summer months (walk-ins welcome during business hours).
  • Where do I get my ACM user name and password?
    Your credentials are emailed to the personal email account you put on your application.  If lost your information, please contact the IT HelpDesk.
  • When can I change my program (major)?
    Students may request to change programs only during open registration periods.
  • Can I take classes not associated with my program of choice?
    Yes, but we encourage you to contact the Student Financial Aid Office to see how that will, in fact, affect your billing."
  • How do I know if I have taken the correct courses to complete my degree?
    Refer to the “progress” tab in your Self-Service account and meet with your program advisor each semester.

Meet the Staff

Our experienced, knowledgeable staff are excited to share their expertise with you.

Annette Dayton
Advising Center Generalist

College Center Advising Center Lobby 141

CERT, AAS, AA, Allegany College of Maryland

Gabriel George
Success and Retention Coach

College Center 129

A.S., Allegany College of Maryland
B.S., Frostburg State University

Heather Kephart
Enrollment Services Generalist

College Center Admissions Lobby 143

A.A., Potomac State College

Lindsay Miller
Virtual Success and Retention Coach


B.A., West Virginia University M.S., Geneva College

Beth Nightengale
Director of Enrollment and Advising Services/ Registrar

College Center 128

A.S., Allegany College of Maryland
B.S., Frostburg State University
Graduate Study, Frostburg State University
M.S., Geneva College

Melinda Thoele
Advising Specialist

College Center 141B

A.A., Lincoln Land Community College
B.S., University of Illinois at Springfield
M.S., Saint Louis University

Tina Verba
Lead Success and Career Coach

College Center 128A

B.A., Slippery Rock University
M.S., Capella University

Katrina Westfall
Success and Retention Coach

College Center 126

B.S., Glenville St. College
M.B.A., Frostburg State University

Lisa Wilson
Assistant Director of Admissions, Records and International Affairs

College Center 127

A.A., Allegany College of Maryland
B.A., West Virginia University


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